Cybercrime is the term applied to criminal and harmful behaviours that are facilitated through the use of digital technologies, or that only occur due to the existence of such tools. This is distinct from cybersecurity, which involves techniques of protecting digital technologies, electronic data, networks, and programmes against criminal or unauthorised access. Cybersecurity is a technical approach to preventing and tackling cybercrime.
The discipline of criminology, which seeks to uncover the underlying causes behind deviant and law-breaking actions, provides the foundation for our MSc Cybercrime. It will help you understand the behaviours and motivations that lead to cybercrime.
As more people and services look to digital technologies, the risks and threats of cybercrime continue to grow, exposing a shortfall in qualified professionals who understand that people are at the heart of this issue. Study our MSc Cybercrime and join the next generation of cybercrime researchers and investigators.
Why this MSc Cybercrime?
With an MSc in Cybercrime, you'll gain the skills needed to meet the demand for experienced cybercrime investigators and help make the online world a safer place.
On this course, you'll focus on the acts of cybercrime and the criminals behind them.
You'll discover the motivations and behavioural aspects behind cybercrime and other online deviant behaviours such as harassment and bullying, to find out what leads people to harm others on the web.
The critical and analytical knowledge you develop will ready you to act as a link between traditional police officers and technological forensic investigators.
You'll take a global approach to cybercrime and investigate the international cooperation needed to tackle it.
You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with specialists in the cybercrime field, through The University of Portsmouth's Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, and our affiliations with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), local constabularies and regional organised crime units.
What you’ll study
This course will give you the skills to pursue a career in combating cybercrime.
On this course, you'll:
- Take a holistic approach to cybercrime, developing critical thinking around responses to technological, human, legal and management perspectives
- Investigate sociological and criminological aspects of cybercrime, identifying offender characteristics and the main victims of cybercrime
- Collaborate with experienced personnel such as members of Hampshire Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Office on your dissertation/major project
- Explore debates surrounding the causes of cybercrimes, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cybercriminals
- Assess new harms online such as bullying, harassment and technology-facilitated sexual violence, as well as potential shortfalls in legislation
How you're assessed
All assessments for this course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework including:
- Academic essays
- Briefing papers and reports
- Blog posts
- Narrated presentations
- A dissertation
You can also test your skills and knowledge informally before assessments via online quizzes, group discussions, peer review activities and virtual seminars.
Tutors will provide feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve your work for the future.